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Old 04-29-2013, 02:43 PM   #421
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I just received 3 plastic boxes from RV Widget Works. One was custom made to hold our spices.

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Old 04-29-2013, 02:52 PM   #422
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1 minute later installation.

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Old 04-29-2013, 05:49 PM   #423
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dang I can't even keep up with your additions even when I'm logged on. I'm using some of your ideas and mods.. If you haven't patented them.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:09 PM   #424
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Darrell, Glad you can use some of the mods.

Today mounted a second of the plastic boxes on the front bathroom wall. We will use it to carry misc things like bandaids, aspirin, .... the wooden shelf above is for bigger items like vitamins, ... and is full when we travel.


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The bathroom contains 4 little baskets attached to the door frame. The back of the door, in addition to towels, has another plastic basket for soap dishes and soap storage. Under the towels are also two magazine racks.


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As to the third container we're thinking of using it for banana storage. We usually have 3 or 4 bananas


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Old 04-30-2013, 01:16 PM   #425
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Propane tank holdown.
My propane tank was held down by two metal straps that ran from the tank's rim to the tongue's cross braces. The went thru the cross braces and were held in place with nuts located under the brace.

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I replaced them with a ring like structure that sets between the two frame memers and is bolted to it.

This makes it much easier to remove the tank.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:29 PM   #426
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I'm thinking about doing something similar on my trailer, but intend to place the loop much higher on the propane tank. That way there's some redundancy protection against the possibility of the tension nut loosening followed by the tank bouncing off the tongue.

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Old 04-30-2013, 01:40 PM   #427
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Francesca,

This is a case of recycling. I took the propane tank holder off our former stick built trailer. We used it on our trip across Labrador with plenty of bumps and it stayed in place. If I was concerned I could add a stiff bungee cord.

I agree that if I were making one from scratch I'd raise the ring.

Actually with the nut removed I don't think the tank would come out.

In fact the reason for replacing the old dual strap method was we had a nut loosen and lost a strap, not to mention that the bottom nuts are a pain.
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:56 PM   #428
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I've been mulling this over for awhile, and it keeps getting more complicated in my head, since part of what I want to do is add my version of a propane tank "gauge": essentially just an itty bitty one gallon cylinder and an auto-changeover setup that switches to the small tank when the big one goes dry. A gallon of propane will keep me going for several days- plenty of time to get the first one filled and start all over again! (Volume of baby tank easily monitored by use of a good ol' hanging fish scale)

The problem is how to carry/mount the second tank.

Since my battery is alongside the existing tank and the front "v" is otherwise occupied, my idea is to mount the baby cylinder above the battery. I've been speculating as to how to build a double loop holder that will accommodate that setup.


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And of course it all has to be absolutely weightless since I'm already mighty close to the limit for my setup!
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Old 04-30-2013, 01:58 PM   #429
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I would be more concerned about what happens if the trailer goes over on its side ... as we all know its happens, even to a few fine folks here. Would be worried about the tank popping off and bouncing down the road or hillside and a possible big bang as a result. Me thinks hearing the bang of the trailer going off the wheels would be more than enough for me without worrying about a second one.
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:06 PM   #430
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Francesca,

I carry an adapter that allows me to connect my standard Proprane regulator to a 1 lb tank. The adapters are available on Amazon.

We have only one tank and have this as a back up. The reality is that we've never run out. My hope is eventually to replace my steel tank with a fiberglass tank that allows one to see the propane level.
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I already have the adapter setup. I've used it, too, when the main tank has gone dry. The problem I'm trying to circumvent is the necessity to "guesstimate" whether I'm nearly empty and should change to the full tank to avoid running out in the middle of the night or something.

There are only two ways to know for sure how "empty" the tank is:
1) by weighing it
and
2) by running it completely dry.

My theory is that by attaching the small cylinder to the autochangeover regulator, I'll know that the main tank is bone dry when it switches to the aux., which will supply me with sufficient reserve to get by for a couple of days.

It's a crude version of the "reserve" function on motorcycle gas tanks that have no gas gauges. Old VW bugs used a similar method.

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Old 04-30-2013, 05:41 PM   #432
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Carol,

I went out side and tried to pull the propane tank out of it's holder. It simply doesn't move in any way.
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Old 04-30-2013, 07:21 PM   #433
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Francesca

Check out these Hammerhead Tank Gauges at amazon

Amazon.com: Removable Accu-Level Propane Tank Gauge with Magnetic back: Kitchen & Dining

I use them and they are accurate and inexpensive.

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Check out these Hammerhead Tank Gauges at amazon

Amazon.com: Removable Accu-Level Propane Tank Gauge with Magnetic back: Kitchen & Dining

I use them and they are accurate and inexpensive.

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